joined:May 11, 2012
I currently own four domains in total, a .ca site that targets Canada, a .co.uk site that targets the UK, a .in site that targets India, and a .com site for everything left over including the USA. All sites share the same database, same pages, same theme, etc. I do use hreflang tags to help direct traffic to their appropriate domains.
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-CA" href="https://www.superawesomeshop.ca/" />
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="x-default" href="https://www.superawesomeshop.com/" />
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-IN" href="https://www.superawesomeshop.in/" />
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-GB" href="https://www.superawesomeshop.co.uk/" />
In Google Webmaster Tools, all the international domains based upon their "country code top-level domain" have a set country in "International Targeting". On the other hand, the .com domain does not. For instance. Search Console > Search Traffic > International Targeting, the .ca site is set for Canada. That being said, the .co.uk site is automatically set for the UK and .in for India. On the other hand, the .com site does not have a set country. Does this cause problems? I mean, if no target country is defined for the .com site, does that mean that it targets ALL countries including Canada, making it contradict the .ca site and the other international ones? I can't find any articles in Google about how to properly set up International Targeting for companies that own multiple domains.
I could set the .com site to USA, but then won't that hurt all remaining countries I expect that domain to get traffic from including Australia and the Netherlands?